Replacing 220v 20 amp receptacle outlet

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Old 04-25-14, 01:56 PM
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Replacing 220v 20 amp receptacle outlet

I have a dedicated outlet for air conditioner in my apartment that has a 6-20R outlet ,220v 20amp, but it seems none of the a 220v air coditioners they sell use this outlet. They seem to use 6-20p outlets which is the mirror image of the 6-20r. Would I able to just purchase an outlet which is 6-20p and replace the 6-20r myself or would it not work Sorry for my electrical ignorance. Or is there an adapter they sell that goes from 6-20r to 6-20p, I cant seem to find one online, that would seem the easier choice.
 
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Old 04-25-14, 02:02 PM
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They seem to use 6-20p outlets which is the mirror image of the 6-20r
You either mis typed or are misunderstanding the designation. The P in 6-20P means Plug and it goes in a 6-20 R with R meaning receptacle so they are the two parts of one connector.

But you said apartment and if you rent you shouldn't touch the wiring. Call the landlord
 
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What you have in the wall is a 6-20R R=Receptacle the A/C has a 6-20P P=Plug
The two are compatible one is the Female (The Receptacle) and the other is the male (The Plug)
 
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6-15p plug into 6-20r receptacle

Mod Note: This post merged with your original thread.

I am looking to purchase an air conditioner which uses a 6-15 plug which looks like this

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the outlet in my wall looks like this

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Will the plug fit into the wall outlet and is it safe to do so? I know the air conditioner uses a 6-15p and from the configuation of my wall outlet it looks like a 6-20r
 

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Old 04-25-14, 05:15 PM
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A 6-15 Plug will fit into a 6-20 Receptacle.

The only difference is the 6-15 is rated at 15A and the 6-20 is rated at 20A.
There shouldn't be a problem with the air conditioner.

If you wanted to be 100% politically correct..... you could replace the 2P20 breaker with a 2P15 one.
 
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Since you are a renter the landlord would have to change the breaker but you really don't need to.
 
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Old 04-25-14, 05:31 PM
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Ahhhhh......didn't realize the OP was a renter.

As Ray said.... the 20A breaker is fine in your application.
 
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Thank you so much for all your replies! Fell much better purchasing a 220v air conditioner using a dedicated circuit as my old 115 v used to blow the circuit sometimes when I turned it on.
 
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